I’m Canadian, so please forgive me for not understanding how the American medical system works, but I need help desperately. I have a friend in California whose husband is self-employed but not earning enough to support his family and they don’t have medical insurance. My friend is having an attack of kidney stones and is unable to afford to see a damned Dr., never mind getting the operation she needs.
She compares it being in labour 24/7 for a week now, temp of 107 and pain to the point where she felt herself leaving her body to seek some peace on the other side.
Surely to God there is something, anything, available to families in this situation. Isn’t this what your MediCare or MedicAid programs are? Or does one have to be on the street and on welfare to quality?
Putting their home up for mortage is out of the question, they just lost it, and are housing their kids in the garage her husband owns. True homelessness is not out of the question here.
I have heard such horror stories of families gone bankrupt paying for medical costs in extreme situations, and even routine events like having a baby can cost thousands.
It would be incredibly easy here to get into judgements about Canadian/American health care comparisons, but I just have to say I find it unbelievable that in this day and age, under the shadow of the banner “give us your tired, your weak, your huddled masses…” that this could be allowed to happen.
Does anyone please have any suggestions how I can help my friend? She is far from stupid, far from helpless, but it is difficult to swallow her pride and ask for help.